Spinal decompression is a procedure that creates space between the gaps in the vertebrae where there is narrowing. This narrowing of the gaps causes pinching of nerve roots and the spinal cord, resulting in back pain, the legs, and even the feet.
Methods Of Spinal Decompression
There are two spinal decompression methods, surgical or non-surgical. Surgical spinal decompression is invasive and involves the removal of a portion of the bone by a surgeon. It increases the spinal canal size, relieving pressure. Non-surgical spinal decompression is non-invasive. Treatment involves spinal traction using mechanized equipment to relieve pressure on the spine.
Spinal traction creates lower pressure in the spine, helping shift and correct herniated discs. Low pressure helps promote the flow of healing nutrient-rich fluids into the disc. The decision to have the surgical or non-surgical procedure lies with the patient. Spinal decompression, in the end, helps reduce unpleasant back pain and problems you may experience when moving.
Patients who undergo non-surgical spinal decompression enjoy very few side effects. They experience muscle spasms and instantaneous enhancement of their symptoms. Those who go for surgical spinal decompression experience a longer healing process. They also face greater risks and side effects. Thus, it is better to undergo a non-surgical procedure before choosing the surgical one. It is only in certain sensitive situations that the latter is best.
Risks Of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Although more research is needed on the risks of non-surgical spinal decompression, this method has very few long-term risks and side effects. Despite the risks being lower, non-surgical spinal decompression is not recommended for everyone. This is because there are risks associated with its use:
- In pregnant women, it may result in pressure on the abdomen
- In people with severe nerve damage, it may make the situation worse
- In people with broken vertebrae, it may worsen the situation
- In those who have had recent spinal fusion surgery
- In patients with implants in their spine
The risks associated with non-surgical decompression include worse pain in the treated area and accidental damage to the nerves. Also, with time, a weakened spine may cause a slipped disc.
Risks Of Surgical Spinal Decompression
The surgery is best for complicated situations that are difficult to deal with through the non-surgical method. It is effective in relieving pain, numbness, and weakness, but some people experience symptoms. Sometimes they manifest immediately after or years after the surgery. The risks associated with this method are:
- Infection at point of incision
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- A tear in the dura leading to leaking of cerebrospinal fluid
- Bleeding in the spinal column
- Damage to blood vessels
- Damage to nerves
- Allergic reactions to anesthesia
Benefits Of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression
Non-surgical spinal decompression is the alternative to surgical procedures. This is especially where patients have recurrent issues after surgery. This is because it is low-risk. The procedure also costs less than surgery, and there is no scarring.
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